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Imaginary Papers

Imaginary Papers is a quarterly newsletter from the Center for Science and the Imagination, focused on science fiction worldbuilding, futures thinking, and the unplumbed depths of the imagination. Each issue features brief, incisive pieces of writing from a diverse array of contributors, from scholars and journalists to cultural critics, designers, technologists, poets, and more. Check out our previous issues below, and subscribe today!

Banner image for Imaginary Papers, Issue 18, with the words "imaginary papers" cut out of a sheet of white paper, and the numeral 18 in a turquoise circle.

Imaginary Papers: Issue 18

Alexis Lothian, David J. Staley & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 17

Erin K. Wagner, Joe Tankersley & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 16

David K. Seitz, Katherine Buse, Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 15

Mateo Díaz Choza, Devan Hakkal & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 14

Jenna N. Hanchey, Erin K. Wagner & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 12

Zoyander Street, Jason Tashea & Joey Eschrich

The text “Imaginary Papers 11” over a multicolored folded paper sculpture

Imaginary Papers: Issue 11

Lafayette Cruise, Azucena Castro & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 10

Pippa Goldschmidt, Paul Cockburn & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 9

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Bob Beard & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 8

Lena Nguyen, Dagmar Van Engen & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 7

Damien P. Williams, Nilanjana Bhattacharjya & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 6

Lisa Yin Han, Jonathon Keats & Ruth Wylie

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Imaginary Papers: Issue 5

Emma Kostopolus, Malik Toms, and Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 4

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Katherine Buse and Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers 3

Imaginary Papers: Issue 3

Troy L. Wiggins, Kate Greene & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 2

Indrapramit Das, Jessie Rack & Joey Eschrich

Imaginary Papers: Issue 1

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Torie Bosch & Joey Eschrich

Character looks at an interface of AI

Should we make AI more human?

Patrick McGurrin

Science Fiction Frames: Black Mirror and the Search for True Love


The History of the Future of Transportation

Joey Eschrich

There are wonderful holes in my brain

Jessie Rack

Because the wolves are shot

By Jessie Rack “Coyote” by Jitze Couperus, licensed under CC BY 2.0 What do you really know about coyotes? Maybe you’ve heard the official line about the economic consequences of coyotes

Day One of the Imagination Economy

Corey S. Pressman

The Thing: Who is the disease, and who is the cure?

Robert Weisberg

Science Fiction Frames: Moon and the Dream of Unlimited Energy

Sherryl Vint

Jason X, Snapchat, and the Double-Edged Machete of Nostalgia

Bob Beard

Science Fiction Frames: Interstellar and Dystopian Optimism

Samuel Arbesman

Justice Scalia: Minor Philosopher of Technology

Michael G Bennett

The Adventures of Buckminster Fuller and the Dymaxion Car: A Book Excerpt

Jonathon Keats

Talking Science Fiction and Game Design with James L. Cambias

Joey Eschrich

The Crab and the Butterfly: Semicolon Services in the 21st Century

Corey S. Pressman

Unhooked: Wonder in the Digital Age

Corey S. Pressman

Clockwork Conversation: Not Everything Could Be Half of Something

Corey S. Pressman

Poetry by Robots for Robots

Corey S. Pressman